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China by train

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I've worked out a few train routes via Seat61, for anyone who's done the journey - what was your experience?
13 years ago, April 15th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #69766  
I am looking to travel by train along the following routes:

Hong Kong - Shanghai
Shanghai - Xi'an
Xi'an - Beijing
Beijing - Hanoi (Vietnam)

These trips are going to cost US$434, would I be able to do it cheaper via a domestic airline??

All the travel is overnight so I'm not concerned with how long they will take (20, 16, 13 hours) and the journey from Beijing to Hanoi is 4 days :O

Have you traveled these routes before? Particularly the Beijing to Hanoi - would you recommend it or pay extra for flights?

Cheers,
Renee Reply to this

13 years ago, April 17th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #69922  
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which can book airticket with very low price, but some of them are in Chinese.

e.g. Shanghai to Xi'an is around RMB 500 - 600

But for Hong Kong - Shanghai, you can only book it from HK
http://travel.priceline.com.hk/ENG/RETAILAIR/SELECT.ASPX

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13 years ago, April 18th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #70016  
Thank you, can you please PM me the address that was sniped ? 😊 Reply to this

13 years ago, May 21st 2009 No: 4 Msg: #73471  
Hi Renee,

Done quite a bit of traveling by train in China and it is overall fine (for long journey, you might want to book the hard/ soft sleeper)
For discounted airplane tickets, you might want to check [url=http://english.ctrip.com/CTRIP website and [url=http://www.chinaspringtour.com/sss

Currently planning to go to Hanoi by train too, will keep you posted!

Cheers

Laetitia Reply to this

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